Biography

“Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” - Stewart Lee.

Shirley Elizabeth Collins MBE is an English folk singer, song collector and perhaps the greatest living embodiment of the musical threads that connect the country with its history. As a significant presence during the Second English Folk Revival, Shirley formed a duo with her sister Dolly, who accompanied Shirley's raw and direct voice on piano and portative organ; together they recorded the startling Anthems In Eden and Love, Death & The Lady. Following a period of silence spanning three decades during which she barely sang, Shirley released Lodestar, her first new material since 1978. The record is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes, East Sussex - the work of an icon of British music who has never stopped exploring the power of the voice.

Latest Release

Shirley Collins Lodestar

Album | 4th November 2016

On her first release for 38 years, Shirley Collins covers a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s. Although absent from music for some time, her influence on new artists never diminished and now it is time for another generation to hear her delightful tones.

Latest Release

Shirley Collins Lodestar

Album | 4th November 2016

Album Description

On her first release for 38 years, Shirley Collins covers a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s. Although absent from music for some time, her influence on new artists never diminished and now it is time for another generation to hear her delightful tones.

Tracklisting

  • 1Awake Awake /The Split Ash Tree/ May Carol /Southover
  • 2The Banks of Green Willow
  • 3Cruel Lincoln
  • 4Washed Ashore
  • 5Death and the Lady
  • 6Pretty Polly
  • 7Old Johnny Buckle
  • 8Sur le Borde de l’Eau
  • 9The Rich Irish Lady/Jeff Sturgeon
  • 10The Silver Swan
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